Travis Barker Recording Drums for Dogs Eating Dogs EP

Blink-182′s Dogs Eating Dogs EP was released today, a 5-track EP that’s been met with some very good feedback and even features a Yelawolf appearance. Sidenote: Angels & Airwaves also put out their Stomping on the Phantom Brake Pedal EP on their website too.

I’m yet to listen to either (though I plan on doing so after this), and if you’re in the same boat, this clip will get you excited. Travis’ drumming is at its insane best, full of sheer intensity, skill and an unerring accuracy that’s just frightening for a man moving his limbs at that rate. Not only that, but the brief snippets we get of each song suggests an incredibly diverse EP, opening with an Angels & Airwaves-esque track, followed by something a little heavier, and closing on a track that sounds somewhat darker. Travis’ YouTube feed also actually has streams of each of the EP’s tracks, so if you’re not yet committed to that purchasing decision, you can preview everything there. Grab the EP for a mere $3.99 (£2.40 for 5 new Blink tracks? Yes please!) over at Blink-182′s place.

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Travis Barker and Yelawolf-6 Feet Underground ft. Tim Armstrong (Video)

Rancid’s frontman is along for the assist on the latest clip from Travis and Yela’s recently-released Psycho White EP, and the ska heads are going to thoroughly love this one, if only for the bouncy instrumentation.

Drawing on mid-90s punk, ska and early 90s reggae (so basically…ska), the production has a summery, laidback quality that infuses the entire track with positivity and plenty of funk. You add that to the three artists involved and it’s a recipe for success right? Wrong. It just doesn’t come off here, largely because the lyricism doesn’t seem to fit the upbeat nature of the instrumentation, and once you’re over the novelty of the throwback beat, the reptitiveness becomes rather annoying. With that said, there are several positives. Whilst Yela’s lyricism isn’t the ideal fit his raps ride the beat comfortably, particularly in his angsty, razor-sharp closing verse. The Tim Armstrong hook has a nice anthemic feel to it, and may help this track get a little wider recognition for sure, but generally there isn’t enough going on to give this any longevity.

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Travis Barker and Yelawolf-Psycho White (Full EP Stream)

One of several exciting projects being released this week, and potentially one of the better collaborative works in the hip-hop game in recent times.

Their first single was an excellent listen, combining frenetic production with energetic raps, and whilst the second wasn’t quite as memorable, there’s still a sense of synergy between the two that promises much. They’ve even recruited Rancid’s Tim Armstrong for a feature on one of the tracks, in what is a clear demonstration of their intention to infuse as much punk styling into the expected hip-hop works as possible, and even if the execution doesn’t come off its good to see them trying to blend the two genres. Stream it below, and be sure to buy it tomorrow.

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Travis Barker and Yelawolf-Push 'Em (Video)

The song has the energy/angst of a punk rock song with Yelawolf rapping over a double-time beat and a chorus that could instigate a fight anywhere.

I couldn’t agree with Travis Barker’s summation any more. This track just exudes energy, and as a result has been a staple in my playlists in recent weeks-give this one a chance in the car for full effect.

The video captures those facets well enough, with plenty of live crowd shots to accompany the hook, plenty of cutaways between cars, stage performance and face shots to maintain the frenetic feel, and a general pace shift between the slower verses and the rapid fire hook.

13th November sees the duo’s Psycho White EP land, and I can’t wait to hear more of this superb punk/hip-hop hybrid style.

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Travis Barker-Push 'Em ft. Yelawolf

If there’s one thing this duo promises, it’s energy and in-your-face relentlessness. That’s exactly what you get with the first release from their upcoming Psycho White collaborative EP.

Yela stepped out of his comfort zone when unexpectedly working with Ed Sheeran earlier this year and though the music was good, this is better suited to his high-octane style. Travis sets up an insanely quick production, with speedy drums and pulsating bass combining to give Yela a strong backdrop to work with, and his flow doesn’t shirk the responsibility. The verses are full of lightning quick raps, including a mind-bendingly fast burst halfway through the track, whilst his work on the hook is anthemic and downright catchy. Yela’s always had a punk influence on his work, and it definitely shines through on this one. Rapid raps over a sharp production with a hook that’ll get you bouncing around the room. No complaints here.

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OTU Presents: The Winter EP: Volume 1

My love of ‘winter music’ has been far from secret here on OTU, and several discussions with music fans of various tastes have led me to believe many OTU readers share that appreciation.

We’re all about satisfying the fans, so welcome to our new 5-part feature. Each edition features a selection of tracks that are taior made for the dark winter period, and in keeping with OTU’s diversity code, expect some old tracks, some modern tracks, with a vast range of genres represented (in no particular order either; for example, Vol. 1 doesn’t necessarily have all of the best tracks!)

Just to really drive those frosty vibes home, we’ll even provide you with fresh, original artwork for each ‘EP’ for you to download at your pleasure and finish off those playlists. Kind aren’t we? Without further ado, click below for 5 tracks to get your winter started.
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Blink-182-Wishing Well Video

One of my favourite songs from their thoroughly-excellent Neighborhoods album, and certainly one of the more mainstream-ready tracks.

The video is comprised of live show and backstage footage, much like the last video, and though it’s disappointing to not have a ‘real’ video, there’s no doubt that this still captures the essence of the track. Full of action and energy, there’s plenty of performance shots alongside the customary funny moments (there’s lots of crotch thrusting), packed around the vibrancy of the live crowds. Unfortunately (and annoyingly), they’ve not made it available for embedding, so you’ll have to click below and head over to to watch the clip.

Blink-182-Wishing Well Video

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Blink-182-Heart’s All Gone Video

Blink-182 follow up their comeback album’s release this week with brand new visuals for what is probably the most energetic, fast-paced track from the fantastic Neighborhoods album.

The track followed Up All Night as one of the first released from the album, and the video follows suit. Unlike the aforementioned video, this is comprised largely of live show footage, which makes for a much-needed personal touch and sense of collaboration from the band: whilst the music has been genuinely great, many Blink fans have missed the fun, togetherness and camaraderie of the group, and there are certainly instances of those elements in this video as the group appear to have a little fun throughout whilst performing.

Credit goes to Travis Barker’s incredible performance on this track too, which went previously unappreciated. Grab this track and the whole album now.

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Blink-182-After Midnight

The third track made available from Neighborhoods, and it’s delivered in an unconventional manner in keeping with the unique methods both Tom and Mark have favoured in recent years. Having been premiered by Zane Lowe a few hours ago, you can now head to to play a game and be rewarded with a free download of After Midnight: It’s not my job to ruin anyone’s fun/promotional tactic, so head there to get the track!

The instrumental work has a fantastic blend of the wistful, distant Angels and Airwaves guitar style with a bittersweet pop-punk edge, giving it a sound similar to the previous Blink album, but with a heavy dose of Angels’ ethereal influence. Tom’s melodies are as strong as ever on the verses, belting out some incredibly catchy vocals throughout, whilst Mark delivers an addictive chorus lyrically reminiscent of his work with +44, synergising superbly with the production to really anchor the song. The first real audio evidence of a fusion between the +44 and Angels & Airwaves styles, whilst also having a throwback Blink style, and it’s a successful combination that arguably makes for the best track we’ve heard from the album thus far. Grab the track here!

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Blink-182-Up All Night Video

Anarchy, looting, disorder and mayhem is the central theme here, only this time I don’t think anyone’s going to get arrested for it.

Blink-182 cement their comeback with the first official set of visuals from Neighborhoods, going with a rebellious video packed full of an infectious, youthful carefreeness, contrasting nicely with the general darkness of the clip, and hence accurately reflecting the opposing styles of the uplifting hook and grittier verses in the audio.

Busy nighttime scenes of kids (and of course, Blink themselves!) causing as much havoc as possible make up most of the video, whilst the band themselves are seen surrounded in flames to further enhance the edgy, anarchic style of the video. Thematically, it’s nothing groundbreaking but it’s an easy, energetic watch that works well with the audio, and will certainly appeal to the mainstream viewers.

Click here for the audio review. Neighborhoods available on Sept 26th.

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Blink-182-Hearts All Gone and Neighborhoods Artwork

There were many that weren’t totally won over by the first release from Blink-182′s upcoming Neighborhoods album (the artwork is quite clearly to the left), and whilst I wasn’t one of those folk, the departure from their previous sounds was inevitably going to lead to such divisions in their fanbase. Back in 2003, many weren’t totally convinced by their ‘final’/previous album for identical reasons.

This song however will win over anyone with lingering doubts from either project, heralding a return to the fast-paced, energetic music with the unmistakeable boyish charm that characterised the majority of their back catalogue and epitomised 90′s and early 00′s punk music. Lyrically however, it feels considerably more mature that previous works, with a relatively bittersweet message atop the frenetic instrumental work, throwing in a welcome influence of the +44 style. With it being such a radical stylistic departure from Up All Night, thoughts naturally linger towards understanding the direction of the album, though admittedly the unpredictability is welcomed and I hope to see further shows of diversity ahead of that September 27th release date.

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Travis Barker, Yelawolf, Twista, Busta Rhymes and Lil Jon-Let's Go Video

If the lineup wasn’t enough clarification, the latest set of visuals from Travis Barker’s solo album (available now) are pretty much swelling with energy and intensity.

Yela, Busta and Twista come through with very enjoyable raps, each bringing high-tempo, high-octane verses that make the most of an edgy, guitar-tinged production, whilst Lil Jon actually fits in rather well with his aggressive style on the hook enhancing the intensity of the track. Barker is typically solid on the drums, though its his general production work here that shines through, serving up a production that creates a nice platform for each rapper to work with.

Decent video, focused largely around a somewhat gothically-styled auction (?!), with the dim, grainy shooting style adding a darkness to the audio that enhances the rock influence on the production. Enhances the audio well enough, and worth a watch. Found on the Give The Drummer Some album, available on iTunes and so forth.

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Blink-182-Up All Night

When the release of this track was announced, I expected my review to be anything but subjective. I’m a massive Blink fan, and the release of their first new material in 8 years (!) is something I was always going to meet with overwhelming positivity, hence I felt it would just become a love-in. Thankfully though, any praise I do give is absolutely warranted here, as they’ve come through with a very enjoyable track from their upcoming Neighborhoods album.

Up All Night blends together the jagged, heavier instrumentation found on the Box Car Racer album (and in parts on the last Blink album) with the melodic sensibility of Tom DeLonge’s work as part of Angels and Airwaves, the catchy, anthemic hook in particular being reminiscent of Tom’s better work with AVA, whilst the Box Car-esque punchy guitar and pulsating drum work add a powerful intensity and addictive energy. The result is a successful synergy of styles that lives up to Travis’ billing of this being a ‘logical step-forward’, and should satisfy large chunks of their fanbas by virtue of drawing on multiple influences. Inevitably, it will be compared to more ‘accessible’ singles from previous albums, but it’s a song that certainly grows in stature with each listen and crucially it feels as musically watertight as any of their previous material. Grab a listen below. EDIT: Buy the single here! (A demand, not a recommendation).

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Royce Da 5'9"-Success Is Certain Tracklisting

Royce drops his latest offering on August 9th as a somewhat loose follow-up to his 2004 classic Death Is Certain.

An exciting tracklisting has surfaced courtesy of Amazon which sees features including Method Man, Raekwon, Yelawolf, Eminem, Joe Budden, Kid Vishis and 50 Cent.

Hit the jump for the full listing.

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Travis Barker, Game, Swizz Beatz, Rick Ross & Lil’ Wayne–Can A Drummer Get Some Video

Very solid video for the mega-star collaboration from Travis Barker’s debut album (which is out now by the way folks!). One of those songs that’s very easy to listen to in a playlist, it’s also one of the few genuinely likeable all-star tracks amidst a sea of them.

The video has a sketchy, alternative cinematography that keeps things dynamic and interesting, whilst the artists come together in an old-school ‘band’ style that gives this a very organic feel. Being interspersed with shots from various street/outdoor scenes is OK and whilst the scenes themselves fit with the audio nicely, the constant switching does get a little distracting at times in taking the focus away from the more enjoyable ‘band’ scenes. Solid video content-wise though, and definitely embellishes the audio. Be sure to grab that album!

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Travis Barker and Friends-Can A Drummer Get Some? (Diplo Remix)

Prior to this track, I either hated or loved Diplo remixes. It seems that hallowed ground of ‘it’s alright’ has finally been found, as this remix is decent. Switching out Travis’ rock-influenced production for an electronic blend of synths, various noises and a solid percussion, Diplo transforms the feel of the song into a futuristic style that’ll really appeal to the dance/electro heads.

Much praise is deserved for managing to completely revamp the beat and still making the raps fit nicely with the movement of the production. My natural lean toward hip-hop/rock means I was always going to prefer the original, but this is certainly a solid remix.

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Travis Barker-Give The Drummer Some [Album Cover + Track List]

The new LP by Travis Barker is nearing release, it’ll be available in just over two weeks! If you haven’t already go cop his mixtape (by clicking here) he did with DJ Whoo Kid, I’m told it’s rather good.

The artwork on the left here for this is pretty crazy and quite frankly freaks me out a little, I honestly can’t look at it for more than 3 seconds without having to look away *shudders*

Features on this new album include the likes of Game, Ludacris, Lupe Fiasco, RZA, Raekwon, Kid Cudi, Lil’ Wayne, Bun B, as well as my favourite hip hop group about: SLAAAAUGHTERHOUUUSE! You can check the tracklist out yourself by clicking below.

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Travis Barker and Clipse-Come and Get It Video

Travis wastes no time in dropping some visuals from his recent mixtape release, kicking things off with the Clipse collaboration. The track is extremely solid, and the spiky production additions from Travis compliment the brash rhymes of Pusha and Malice very well.

The interesting thing about this video is that it’s actually shot entirely with the Xbox 360 Kinect camera, which is most definitely interesting. Don’t ask me how they’ve done it/used it, but it’s resulted in some fairly eye-catching effects, ranging from black and white pixellated filters to stop-motion animation, giving this otherwise simple video a pretty spectacular visual appearance.

Worth a watch, just to see how this gaming technology is being creatively (and successfully) utilised! It’s an interesting thought that this could become quite prevalent, and hopefully we’ll see more abuse of gaming accessories for use in music videos.

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Travis Barker and DJ Whoo Kid-Let The Drummer Get Wicked Mixtape

As promised, here is the highly-anticipated download of Travis Barker and DJ Whoo Kid‘s incredible mixtape Let the Drummer Get Wicked. Along with Kanye and Jay-Z‘s “H.A.M.” remix, appearances are bananas on this one – Lil’ Wayne, The Game, The Clipse, J. Cole, Royce da 5’9, Lupe Fiasco, Lloyd Banks, Fabolous, Wyclef, Jim Jones, Wiz Khalifa, Tony Yayo, Big K.R.I.T., Wacka Flocka, Tech N9ne, Killa Kyleon, Too $hort, Big Sean, Three 6 Mafia and Xzibit.

Looking forward to giving this a listen, as Travis’ track record with remixes is face-shatteringly good. Hopefully we’ll catch a glimpse of some of his original material on the upcoming Give The Drummer Some album too, as I enjoyed the first single from the album, and have no doubt Travis will serve up a consistent body of good material. Either way, be sure to give this one a listen and get prepared for that album!

Travis Barker and DJ Whoo Kid-Let The Drummer Get Wicked Mixtape

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Travis Barker, Game and Swizz Beatz-Can A Drummer Get Some? (Live)

I’m certainly enjoying the high-octane, energetic single from Travis’ upcoming Give The Drummer Some album, and here he grabs two of the track’s co-stars for a performance on Jimmy Kimmel’s show.

It’s one of those tracks that’s really made for a loud, live environment and it’s performed pretty well by all involved, keeping the energy levels up (despite seemingly getting the wrong demographics in the audience…!) and doing justice to the original. Give The Drummer Some coming soon.

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Kanye West and Jay-Z-H.A.M. (Travis Barker Remix)

From Whoo Kid and Travis’ upcoming Let The Drummer Get Wicked mixtape (in preparation for his debut Give The Drummer Some album), Travis unleashes another intense remix of an already-fiery hip-hop track.

I’ve not taken to the original version of H.A.M. as much as I thought I would after the first listen, though that’s partly down to my recent penchant for old school tracks. Either way, this is a fantastic remix and in my (not so humble) opinion, it improves the production considerably. The addition of spiky guitar riffs works superbly with the existing production, and similarly the live drum aspect plays off that operatic, powerful and aggressive production style served up by Lex Luger. In particular, the transition from the opera style back into the track towards the end is perfectly suited to Travis’ spiky, energetic additions and for me, this trumps the original.

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Game-Purp and Patron, Disc 1 and 2

Much anticipated mixtape from Game, one that’s been talked about all day today. Really looking forward to this, especially as a few tracks leaked earlier that were of a very good standard. Check out the tracklist below, which contains some huge features and producers. You can preview and download (click the artwork) the mixtape in the widget here.
1. L.A. Times (Prod. By Ervin “EP” Pope)
2. In My ’64 Feat. Pharrell & Snoop Dogg (Prod. By The Neptunes)
3. Soo Woo Feat. Lil Wayne (Prod. By Bink)
4. Living Better Now Feat. Detail & Tools (Prod. By DJ shake)
5. R.I.P. Story (Prod. By Nottz)
6. Purp & Patron (Prod. By DJ Shake)
7. I’m The King (Remix) Feat. Mistah FAB & The Jacka (Prod. By 1500 Or Nothin)
8. Taylor Made Feat. Wiz Khalifa (Prod. By Che Vicious)
9. Childrens Story (Prod. By Ervin “EP” Pope)
10. Dead (Prod. By 1500 Or Nothin)
11. Ferrari Lifestyle Feat. Fabolous (Prod. By D.A.Dorman)
12. The Kill (Prod. By Cool N Dre)
13. Heart Breaker Feat. Rev Burke (Prod. By The RZA)
14. Purp & Yellow (Skeetox Remix) Feat. Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa
15. Burn NY Feat. Mysonne (Prod. By Mike City)
16. Bad Intentions (Prod. By DJ Shake)
17. Khaki Suit Feat. T-Pain (Prod. By T-Pain)
18 Wonderful World (Prod. By DJ Shake)
19. Ashes To Ashes Feat. Rick Ross
20. Dedicated Feat. Pharrell (Prod. By The Neptunes)
21. Soft Rhodes Feat. Ashanti (Prod. By Dr. Dre)
22. I Just Want To Fuck (Prod. By Denaun Porter)
23. 187 Feat. Lil Boosie
24. Whip It Feat. Fabolous (Prod. By DJ Haze)
25. Favorite DJ Remix Feat. Clinton Sparks & Jim Jones (Prod. By Green Lantern)
26. Supastar Feat. Ashley Cole & Mike Epps (Prod. By Ervin “EP” Pope)
27. Can A Drummer Get Some Feat. Travis Barker, Swizz Beatz, Lil Wayne & Rick Ross
28. History Feat. Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane & KRS One (Prod. By Ervin “EP” Pope)
29. The Ocean Feat. Dr. Dre (Prod. By Dr. Dre & Che Vicious)

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Travis Barker ft. Game, Lil' Wayne, Rick Ross & Swizz Beatz-Can A Drummer Get Some

This is the title track (sort of) from Travis Barker’s soon to be released album Give The Drummer Some. We’ve already heard a couple of joints that are supposedly from the album here and here, and I have to say they haven’t really lived up to my expectations.

The first thing that’ll catch your eye with this, as it did mine, is the line up. Swizz and Travis together absolute nail the production, as heavy electric guitars, deep bass and big drums combine to give these three fine rappers a majestic platform to lay down their bars. Game, Weezy and Ross all suit this big production style and each of them gives us an aggressive verse, in-keeping with the vibe of track. A perfect track to get you in the mood to kick some ass.

Travis Barker ft. Game, Lil’ Wayne, Rick Ross & Swizz Beatz-Can A Drummer Get Some

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Big Sean and Travis Barker-Big Nut Bust

A brand new Big Sean track that’s set to be premiered on Travis Barker’s upcoming mixtape Let The Drummer Get Wicked, Big Nut Bust combines Sean infectious raps with Travis Barker’s rock-inspired production style to produce one of Sean’s most diverse tracks to date.

Travis serves up a driving, guitar-laced production that is unlike anything I’ve heard Sean tackle, but he does so with consumate ease, and doesn’t sacrifice his typically laidback style at all. This provides a nice contrast throughout the track, as the spiky edges of the beat are placed alongside his smooth, catchy raps to great effect.

Big Sean-Big Nut Bust ft. Travis Barker

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Blink-182 Announce 2011 UK Tour

Butterflies in my stomach as I post this. Since their original breakup, I’ve managed to see their seperate incarnations live (+44 and Angels and Airwaves) but never got to see them together. THIS CHANGES IN JULY. Dates can be found below, tickets are on sale next Friday (26th November). See you there!

Manchester MEN Arena – Friday July 8th
Newcastle Arena – Tuesday July 12th
Nottingham Arena – Wednesday July 13th
Birmingham LG Arena – Friday July 15th
London 02 Arena – Monday July 18th

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Travis Barker, RZA, Raekwon and Tom Morello-Carry It Video

A bright and energetic video for Travis’ latest single from Give The Drummer Some.

Featuring two of the Wu’s finest, it’s impressive just how well RZA and Raekwon adjust to this rock-rap production and really make it their own. Their equally comfortable in the video, with RZA in particular being really magnetic. Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello and Travis come through with typically intense performance on the drums and guitar respectively, delivering a video that enhances the track immeasurably.

Audio is here.

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Travis Barker, RZA, Raekwon and Tom Morello-Carry It

Looking forward to Give The Drummer Some, which is set for release sometime this month. This is the next single, with Travis grabbing two of Wu’s finest to lay down a few bars.

I’m on the fence with the production as it sounds very stuck in the 1999-2001 rap-rock style, a sound I was hoping would be modernised and tweaked for this album. It is a nice listen from a retro perspective, naturally enhanced by the features, but as a longtime Travis fan this isn’t quite as dynamic as I’d hoped for. Worth a look nonetheless, as it is strong material in comparison to most of the tripe out there, just not quite up to Travis’ lofty standards.

Travis Barker-Carry It ft. Tom Morello, RZA and Raekwon

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Blink-182 Studio Update from Mark Hoppus

A nice update to keep the Blink fans satisfied. Quite a technical look at where they currently stand, with Hoppus going through the finer details of song creation.

Definitely worth a watch for the Blink fans, but also for those interested in the inner workings of music production.

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Travis Barker and The Cool Kids-Jump Down Video

A decent summertime video for Travis’ debut solo single. Nothing too extravagant, and has a really likeable old-school flavour to it that adds a new element to the audio.

Audio can be grabbed here.

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